Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye hasn’t been seen on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive servers for a while, but that’s not stopped him from making some pretty big decisions about his career. The rifler, who took a break to recover from a series of health problems two months ago, has decided to part way with North.
“I’ve been really happy at North, but it has also been a bumpy road with many changes, and I feel that this break has made me see more clearly,” he says on North’s website. “Currently I still need some time, but I know I’m far from done with CS. This is what I know, and I look forward to my next adventure.”
According to North’s statement, the organisation has been in “close contact with Kjaerbye over the last couple of months, but the decision to part ways was made “after thorough discussions” between the two parties.
“We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility towards young players,” North’s statement says. “We have had a close dialogue with Kjaerbye throughout the process and together we decided that the best we could do was to help him transition to his next endeavour. We will miss him but hope to see him on the big stage again soon. The Kjaerbye case has also made us look hard at how we can make the environment for the players even better.”
Update on @KjaerbyeCS:
Today Markus and North have decided to part ways. A true legend in and out of the game. We wish you nothing but the best!
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— North (@TheNorthIsHere) July 10, 2020
Kjaerbye joined North in February 2018 from Astralis and since then the Dane has gone on to win four DreamHack events. His time at North hasn’t been without difficulty though. The youngster struggled to regain the form he found in Astralis and a roster changes inside North prevented the team from really building a foundation for the future.
Kjaerbye has not yet been linked with any other organisations.